Anthony H. Wilson - 24 Hour Party People: What The Sleeve Notes Never Tell You (2002)
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The 50 Greatest Books Written About Music
24. Anthony H. Wilson - 24 Hour Party People: What The Sleeve Notes Never Tell You (2002)
Not that Factory Records ever published any sleeve notes, of course. Ostensibly the book of Michael Winterbottom's 2000 film about the rise and fall of Manchester's most famous label, this spirals into a colourful, idiosyncratic and eloquent autobiography of Wilson, adding many more layers to the tale. Find out more about Tony's years in crap local TV, his aborted attempt to become a "serious" journalist, his tribulations with bands like A Certain Ratio and The Durutti Column, and the financial car crash that was The Hacienda. Wilson is sorely missed, but this is his definitive statement. "This is not a book about me. I'm a minor character in my own story. This is about the music and the people who made the music."